After High School

Graduating high school is the first step to exploring the world beyond. At this point, you have several options. What you decide next will determine how you spend your first several years after high school.

Your Options After High School

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Pay: Grants and loans

Food: on-campus cafeteria or off campus

Housing: dorms or off campus

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A degree that will, in theory, get you a better job and higher pay. lifeskills icons-12Cons Expensive demanding. Loans you have to pay back. No guarantee it will lead to jobs.
lifeskills icons-11Commitment ~4-5 years for undergraduate or ~4-5 for graduate

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JOB

lifeskills icons-10Pay, Food, Housing Pay: $7.25/hour (min. wage), $1,160/month, or $15,080.00/year
Food: eating out or cooking at home
Housing: at home or in an apartment

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Mind-opening experiences, travel, pay, and an opportunity to earn money for college lifeskills icons-12Cons Entry-level jobs are often not a living wage. Sometimes you won’t be able to stay out late or hang out on weekends because of scheduling.
lifeskills icons-11Commitment It depends on your schedule.
40 hours is full-time

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YEAR OFF / TRAVEL

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Pay: travel-related work or job to pay for travel

Food: eating out or cooking at home

Housing: home to save money to travel

lifeskills icons-13Pros Mind-opening experiences and an opportunity to consider all your future options lifeskills icons-12Cons This is expensive and it’s possible to lose momentum by getting distracted
lifeskills icons-11Commitment Varies

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MILITARY

lifeskills icons-10Pay, Food, Housing Pay: $1,468 per month or $17,616 per year plus bonuses
Food: Provided
Housing: Provided
lifeskills icons-13Pros Mind-opening experiences, opportunity to consider all your future options lifeskills icons-12Cons Depending on your placement, this could be a dangerous, several-year investment
lifeskills icons-11Commitment 4 – 8 years